What To Do


Ightham Mote: What To Do

Things to Do and Explore at Ightham Mote

From family day trips to dining, shopping and a walk in the park with your four-legged friend, Ightham Mote offers something for everyone. There’s more to the estate than just the manor house, with many fun things to see and do on your next visit.

Ightham Mote House

Dining at the Mote Café

You’re sure to work up an appetite after touring the estate, so be sure to visit the Mote Café before you leave. Enjoy a meal, or stay a while to relax and unwind before heading out on your next adventure.

The café can be found just before the pay point and opens promptly at 10am.

From cakes to biscuits, scones, tea/coffee, light lunches and hot meals, the café offers a relaxing place to grab a quick bite to eat.

Many of the ingredients are sourced from local farms and the estate garden.

If weather permits, you may dine in the outdoor patio area, where dogs are welcome (on leads).

Deck chairs are located at the northern end of the garden near the lake, so you can enjoy an outdoor picnic.

The café offers free Wi-Fi, and hot meals are served between 12pm and 2:30pm.

Family-Friendly Activities

Ightham Mote is the perfect place for a family day trip, with family-friendly activities kids will love.

Be sure to pick up the house trails from the conservatory before you enter the manor. The trails will help kids explore the home and keep them occupied during your tour.

Pick up (or print out) the magical garden map, with an “Eye Spy” game and a place for kids to draw a picture of their adventure at the estate.

The estate’s natural play area is fun for everyone, where kids can splash in the stream or test their balancing skills on the Croc Crossing. Hop along the leaping logs, or venture through the Triangle Tunnel. When you’re done, make music with the Charming Chimes.

Ightham Mote House

Play the 50 Things to Do game to make the most of your trip. Hunt for bugs, play in the stream, go for a walk on the estate, try your hand at predicting the weather, track wild animals, and more. The 50 Things to Do pack can be downloaded on the National Trust’s website.

The estate also hosts events throughout the year, so be sure to check out the events listing.

Dog Walking

Bring your furry companion along for the ride when you visit Ightham Mote. Dogs have long been a part of the estate, and are still free to roam the grounds (on leads of course).

Assistance dogs are welcome in the indoor areas, including the mansion, shop, café and garden. All other four-legged friends are free to explore the woodland and the rest of the estate’s outdoor area. With miles of paths to explore and enjoy, Ightham Mote is a great place for dogs (and humans) to get some much-needed exercise and fresh air.

Dog waste bins can be found at the entrance to the estate’s car park for your convenience. At the Mote Café outdoor patio area, you’ll find dog water bowls and treats for your pup to enjoy.



The Coach House shop offers an opportunity for you to purchase souvenirs, specialty foods, plants, books and more. Explore the unique Ightham Mote ranges, many of which depict the same motifs from the 18th century wallpaper in from the drawing room. Jams, curds, marmalade and specialty chocolates can also be purchase at the Coach House. Throughout the spring and summer, you can purchase plants outside the shop. Many of the food, drink, art and craft items in the store are locally sourced, and seasonal special offers are available throughout the year.

Group Visits

Planning a visit with a large group of 15 or more? Groups receive a discount on admission and free coach parking with advanced booking. Guided tours are also available for pre-booked groups, which allows everyone to explore south lake (closed to most visitors). Tours take place before the manor opens to the public, allowing for a more private viewing of the estate.

Complementary talks are given throughout the day as well, so your group can learn more about the manor and its history.

School Trips

Bring learning to life by exploring outside the classroom and taking a trip to Ightham Mote. Education Group Membership covers the cost of trips to all National Trust properties, so classes may visit as often as they’d like.

Take your class on a self-guided tour, or participate in one of two workshops:

  • WWII: Home Front – Children experience what it would have been like to have been sent away from home and live through the air raids during WWII.
  • House Detectives: Children explore what it would have been like to live in the past. The workshop includes a guided tour of the home, with a focus on what life would have been like in the Medieval, Tudor, Victorian, Stuart and 1950s eras.

From family activities to outdoor walks, shopping, dining and learning, there’s something for everyone at Ightham Mote.

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